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13 de dezembro de 2021

The Ford Adventure at Le Mans - Part II

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Antonio Eiras

The victory at Le Mans 1967, was also the end of the MK IV, with the FIA limitation in the engine's displacement. As a consequence, Ford sold the Mk IV J-9 chassis to a private team, who converted it to a Can-Am configuration. Under the G7-A designation, the new car run without success.

 

With the end of the MK IV project, Ford delegated to its team in the United Kingdom the continuation of his participation at Le Mans.

 

For 1968, John Wyer's team (JWA) tested, without apparent success, a new and innovative model, the Group 5 destinated Ford Mirage, powered with a 3-liter engine.

 

The original Ford GT40 or Mk I, produced in more than 50 units and homologated for Group 4, was then revised, improved, and entered by JWA. The engine's displacement was increased to 4.9 liters, feed by 4 Webber carburetors and delivered around 425hp at 6,000rpm, with a 536N.m torque at 4,750rpm.

 

In 1968, under the Gulf colors and sponsorship, the renewed GT40 won to Ford the World Championship for Makes, with triumphs in the 500 BOAC Miles, disputed in Brands Hatch, in the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen, in the 1,000km of Monza and a third consecutive triumph at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

 

The GT40's sporting career would end the following year with an epic and memorable fourth win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Jacky Ickx/Jackie Oliver driving to victory the same car that had won the previous year's French race, the GT40P/1075 chassis, in a historic finale against the most modern and competitive Porsche 908, and by just 90 meters!

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